Army S&TCD posts Protected Communications for Manned Unmanned Teams call
On January 30, the U.S. Army Communications, Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD) posted a call for white papers for Protected Communications for Manned Unmanned Teams (MUM-T) (PCM). Questions are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on February 8; white papers are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on March 1.
This call for White Papers (WP) is being issued under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) BAA-18-R-STCD, which was published on FedBizOpps.gov on 20 June 2018, and last updated on 27 November 2018. Offerors must refer to the solicitation document entitled BAA-18-R-STCD _ 20180620 BAA Final Rev4 (17JAN19), and it must be read in conjunction with this call for WP’s. All instructions set forth in the BAA-18-R-STCD solicitation document apply to this call.
The Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD) is issuing this call for WP’s in association with Topic #S1824. To be eligible for consideration and possible contract award, the technology or methodology shall be either basic research, applied research, advanced technology development not for a specific system/hardware, or demonstration and validation.
The Army operational network does not currently have a communication system or system-of-systems capable of supporting PCM needs for mounted and dismounted use in open, heavily foliated and urban terrain under congested/contested environmental conditions, while also providing anti-jam (AJ) and low probability of intercept/detect (LPI/LPD) characteristics.
Information Sought: S&TCD is requesting information related to wireless communications systems for use with manned/unmanned systems capable of demonstrating communications in open, heavily foliated and urban terrain under congested/contested environmental conditions, while also providing AJ and LPI/LPD characteristics. Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) S&TCD is requesting white papers specific to these systems which meet specifications including but not limited to:
- Ability to operate in dense urban, heavy foliage, and open terrain environments.
- Form factors that support the integration on ground vehicular platforms as well as man-portable units that can be carried by soldiers.
- Low end-to-end latency to support real time control of a ground vehicular platform.
- Support data rates for multiple simultaneous (compressed) medium or high definition video links at operationally relevant ranges.
- Communicate in the presence of radio frequency (RF) interference and provide LPI/LPD.
- Technology must not rely on existing RF infrastructure (i.e. cellular networks, WiFi networks, etc.) but can leverage commercial technologies in an ad-hoc manner through modification/enhancement to render them relevant for military application.
- Ability to scale and support large operations
Full information is available here.